Andrew Garfield’s recent statements have gotten him into some hot water with members of our community.
“Every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru,” Garfield said, referring to his newfound obsession with the series RuPaul’s Drag Race. “This is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act — that’s all.”
Here’s what 7 prominent gay voices had to say about his words:
1. Out Actor Scott Evans tweeted:
“You’re a talented guy, but you seem to be completely oblivious to what is coming out of your mouth.”
2. Comedian H. Alan Scott said:
“The straight white privilege of Andrew Garfield. Must be nice to be able to be gay without any of the hardships.”
3. Alaska Thunderfuck exclusively told us:
I think straight guys say ignorant things about gay people all the time. We don’t run in the same circles. They have no idea what our journey is like, and likewise. I’m not surprised and I’m not really offended that he thinks being gay is nothing more than sucking dick and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race.
I think the bigger issue is that straight guys keep getting cast in iconic gay roles. Hollywood is always so impressed that a straight male can play a Trans person or a gay person. But I’d be more impressed if that opportunity were given to one of the thousands of talented, overlooked, under-represented Trans or gay actors out there.
Personally, I’ve watched way more RuPaul’s Drag Race and sucked way more dick than Andrew Garfield- so I’m probably way more qualified to play that role than he is.
4. Comedian Matteo Lane similarly said:
Andrew Garfield watched RuPaul’s Drag Race to study for an upcoming role as a gay man. I’ve been studying my whole life, can I have that role?
5. Writer Michael Musto wrote on Facebook:
It harms me when someone acts as if my sexuality, which is something I’ve fought for the right to express, with blood and guts, is something he might try on later and see if he might like it, as if it were a cute trend or a knick-nack you get at a vintage store. It also harms me when someone implies that my sexuality can be adopted, taken over and played around with, and as if my sexuality has nothing to do with sexuality, it’s just something some yearning-to-be-loved actor can use as a prop, seeing as he’s desperate to score points about how incredible accepting he is. Sorry you’re too dim to get it.
6. Writer Caspar Salmon defended Garfield:
Andrew Garfield is an ally who said something a tiny bit silly about enjoying watching a very good program that is very gay.
7. And voice actor Jamie McGonnigal tweeted an image:
The Andrew Garfield Gay Drama in a nutshell: pic.twitter.com/4ObXbOWGLD
— Jamie McGonnigal (@McBenefit) July 6, 2017